Not so fast
At first blush, it is exciting news that the hard-working employees of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will get a raise for the first time in three years (“Basalt, RFTA workers due for raises,” Oct. 28, 2011, The Aspen Times).
Then the reality sets in. The majority of RFTA employees were hired at the beginning of the busy winter seasons (almost everybody starts out as a driver.) This means that the majority of the review dates will not be until a year from now. RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship feels that morale is so high that the majority of his employees won’t mind waiting another year to receive a merit, not cost-of-living, raise of up to 3 percent.
I think Dan Blankenship needs to get out of his bus-rapid-transit meetings and get a reality check on how his employees are really feeling. Or maybe some calls should be made to the unions. Have you ever thought about what would happen if RFTA drivers went on strike for just one day? Yes, Mr. Dan Blankenship, everybody who has a job in this economy is grateful. But the economy will not stay down forever.
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